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October 21, 2012
The Roundup: CA legislative staffers' side jobs; CalPERS' computer system; unions focus on candidate campaigns

The Roundup: CA legislative staffers' side jobs; CalPERS' computer system

Storified by Jon Ortiz · Sun, Oct 21 2012 10:16:48

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California legislative staffers moonlight in campaign jobs - The Sacramento BeeWith Election Day approaching, campaigns across the state have stocked up on scores of aides and advisers to walk precincts, staff phone ...
The political fallout continues from last week's news that an out-of-state nonprofit dumped $11 billion into California politics ...
Jerry Brown accuses anti-tax group of illegal money-laundering - The Sacramento BeeSAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday accused opponents of his Nov. 6 ballot measure of illegal money laundering, saying the commi...
A union survey finds that organizing has helped correctional officers and teachers the most ...
AFT Survey Finds State Employees With Union Representation Have Significant Wage AdvantageThe American Federation of Teachers public employees division recently issued its annual "State Employee Compensation Survey," which dete...
Take a look at this New York Times item that looks at the impact in Missouri of a 2008 law that allows unlimited giving to political candidates:
Missouri Political Donor Thrives With 'No-Limits' GivingAn additional $250,000 arrived in August, after Mr. Schoeller had nearly run out of money and faced a tough general election campaign aga...
And pair that with this item from The Bee's Dan Morain about how unions are mobilizing as Election Day approaches:
Dan Morain: Campaigns take it to the street - The Sacramento BeeUnion workers on leave from jobs in Los Angeles and San Francisco showed up ready for duty at a messy office near the Reno airport, and s...

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Storified by Jon Ortiz · Sun, Oct 21 2012 10:12:34

California retirement agency used SOA, blended decision-making to modernize systems -- GCNCalifornia retirement agency interpreted a hard deadline as permission to do what was necessary. Then they did it.
Stories about public employee pay and pensions:
Illinois voters will consider retirement benefits amendment | News-Gazette.comSPRINGFIELD - After a period of dire warnings and scandal, voters will decide next month whether to change the Illinois Constitution so t...
Fort Worth city employees seek delay in pension vote | Fort Worth | News from Fort Worth...FORT WORTH -- With the City Council two days from voting on cuts to close the fast-growing $748 million unfunded gap in its employee pens...
Getting Paid to Stay Home?By Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) - A published report says cash-strapped Illinois has paid state workers about $23 million for administra...
Hawaii Teachers Halt Labor Negotiations, Escalating Conflict - Pew Center on the StatesWhen Nikan Arapoff took his job as a seventh grade history teacher on Maui in 2005, he studied the pay raise schedule and determined that...
Opinion columns and editorials:
Steven Greenhut: Public pay numbers don't lieStockton city workers who attended the unveiling of a new report detailing the trends in public-employee compensation in California on We...
Don't demonize teachers because of pension system's faultsJust as I was preparing to defend public school teachers and their retirement benefits, I got a form letter last week from my employer's ...
Viewpoints: To cut state prison budget, start with perks for guards - The Sacramento BeeCalifornia's voters will soon consider two ballot initiatives that aim to reduce the state's unsustainable spending on prisons. The cost ...

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